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Reconstructions of the Hydraulis
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I came across these videos to-day. Both show reconstructions of the hydraulis or water-organ (a manual or true instrument, not to be confused with the water-organ of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries C.E., which were akin in principle to pianolas). I know very little about the mechanics of this instrument, save that it is attributed (without a reference, but by the Britannica) to Ctesibius of Alexandria in the third century C.E. I found these reconstructions both beautiful and fascinating -- if I may be allowed a little unhistorical rambling, they conjure up images of a quiet warm afternoon reading in the Gardens of Sallust, or in one of the private gardens of Pompeii.

The music is I suspect conjectural, but quite beautiful. 







Patrick J. Gray

'' Now. Close your eyes. It's but a short step to the boat, a short pull across the river.''
''And then?''
''And then, I promise you, you'll dream a different story altogether''

From ''I, Claudius'', by J. Pulman after R. Graves.
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Wow! Wonderful.
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